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MachineOfTheMonth: Building a monster machine

Sep 02, 2001, 22:02 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glenn Mullikin)

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"Hard drive prices have continued to fall. Memory prices have been going down. CPU prices, driven by the inexorable flood of new higher performance processors, seem to be on the downfall too.

Very few things can't be had for less than they costed 2 years ago. This applies to video cards, sound cards, network cards and even dvd-rom drives. Fueling this drive to lower price points has been, at least here in the US, a competitive and cut-throat industry for parts. Places like http://www.pricewatch.com let you see what the real deal is. And you take your business there.

So what would we define as a monster machine? I defined a monster machine as being one over 1 Gigahertz for the cpu, at least 1 Gigabyte of RAM, at least 40 GB of hard drive space, a dvd-rom drive so that I can watch dvd movies on my linux box and the other usual assortment of items like a keyboard, mouse and speakers. The motherboard I wasn't too worried about what type it would be. I just went with the lowest cost one I could find that I felt was a fair quality. Maybe that's a bad decision. I'll find out soon."

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